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Greetings District 18!
I’d like to take this opportunity to update you all on my current bills, and extend an invitation to attend a presentation by Senator Ebke on her LR35 Convention of the States Tour on October 13th at Big Fred’s Pizza in Omaha. Constituents are also invited to chat with me on the 13th to discuss policy issues.
My primary focus next year will be on my bill to repeal the state tax on Social Security income- LB165. I have continued to receive letters and e-mails throughout the interim from many constituents who are moving out of state or know friends and family who are moving due in part to the state tax on Social Security income. I am concerned that our collective tax burden hampers Nebraska’s economic growth from a speedy recovery.
In an e-mail earlier this year, a couple in my district stated that they are planning to retire in 2-3 years, and have already been shopping around for homes in neighboring states. They noted a $300 difference per month compared to some of the lower-taxed states! This is huge!
My staff is currently in the process of exploring other options for what Nebraska can do to boost its economic competitiveness with neighboring states. I am open to any suggestions that you may have and would encourage your involvement in exploring those options.
As mentioned earlier, constituents are invited to Big Fred’s Pizza on Tuesday, October 13th to hear a presentation by Senator Ebke on her Convention of the States Tour, with a Q&A session to follow. She will be discussing Article V of the U.S. Constitution, which gives states the authority to call a convention to propose amendments. This would be the most monumental event to occur in over 200 years, as a statewide convention has not been called since 1787 with the signing of the Constitution! Details and directions may be found below.
As always, I am open to hearing from you and welcome any feedback provided. I wish you a great start to the fall season and hope to hear from you soon!
LR35 Presentation, Tuesday, October 13th, @ 6:30p.m.
Big Fred’s Pizza, 1101 S. 119th St., Omaha, NE, 68144 (East of 120th & Pacific St.)